Human Resources

Wilson Hall, Room 401
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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(248) 370-3480

Office hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
and by appointment

Leadership Academy

Oakland University is once again proud to continue to offer the OU Leadership Academy. We have once again partnered with Drs. Michelle Hammond and Gregory Thrasher, faculty of the Department of Management and Marketing, to present the OU-tailored development program. The OU Leadership Academy is an exceptional opportunity for 16 University leaders to acquire and develop additional tools and mindsets to not only survive, but also thrive in their careers.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Cissie Patterson at

2021 Participant Selection Process
Self-Nomination Google Form – Closed for 2021. Form was due by Monday, June 28th
HR Notification to Applicants - by Friday, August 6th

Our Definition of Leadership Development
We see leadership development as personal development. Our work roles are not isolated from the many other roles we have in life. In order to develop leaders that are able to get the best out of their followers, we must take a holistic approach to understanding participants’ goals, motivations, and development as working individuals.

Our Approach to Leadership Development
Our approach is best described as a tailored, data driven, and evidence-based approach. The content of the training is based on research in the fields of management, organizational behavior, and psychology, and is paired with reflection and discussion that is relevant to the context within the leadership at Oakland University. The delivery of the seminars will involve a combination of mini-lectures, group discussion, and activities such as short case studies, self-assessments, role-plays, and other exercises. We will also rely heavily on in field assignments. 

Program Goals

After training, leaders will be able to…

  1. Understand best practices for management behaviors
  2. Assess their own behaviors in relation to best practices
  3. Engage in effective development of leader-follower relationships
  4. Set meaningful goals for themselves and their team
  5. Understand and manage their department’s overarching values and culture
Program Evaluation

We strongly believe that program success can only be defined through a data driven program evaluation. In order to do this, we plan to collect relevant leadership and work-related metrics prior to, throughout, and after program completion. In order to reliably measure change caused by the program, we would also like to collect data on a control group that has not taken part in the program.

Specific data will include:

  • Weekly reflection journals: Leaders will be asked on a weekly basis to engage in various developmental experiences. Self-reflections and learning will be recorded in weekly reflection journals.
  • Pre-training survey: Before we engage in any course work, a pre-survey will be administered to gauge a baseline of various leadership attitudes and behaviors.
  • Post-training survey: Once the course is complete, we will re-administer the pre-training survey to evaluate change in desired attitudes and behaviors.
  • 360-feedback assessment and coaching session: Early in the program, leaders will receive feedback using validated 360-feedback assessments. These assessments will then be used in individualized coaching sessions.
2021-22 Program Dates
  • Orientation: Sept 10
  • Session 1 - Sept 17
  • Session 2 - Oct 15
  • Session 3 - Nov 12
  • Session 4 - Dec 17
  • Session 5 - Jan  21
  • Session 6 - Feb 18
  • Session 7 - March 18
  • Session 8 - April 22 
  • Graduation - May 20

Class 0 - Sept. 10

  • Defining Leadership
  • Leadership expectations and implicit theories

Leading Self

Class 1 - Sept. 17
Intro to Leadership

  • Transformational Leadership
  • Identity and authenticity
  • Leadership assumptions

Class 2 - Oct. 15
Emotions, Stress and Well-Being

  • Stress and coping
  • Work-life balance
  • Supportive Supervisor Behaviors

Leading Others

Class 3 - Nov. 12
Leading Through Motivation

  • Goal setting
  • Evaluating goal progress
  • Courage in leadership

Class 4 - Dec. 17
Teambuilding and Communication

  • Team dynamics
  • Group Brainstorming
  • Communication forms & listening
  • Communication Presences

Class 5 - Jan. 21, 2022
Leading Through Relationships

  • Trust, Justice and Fairness
  • Implicit Biases
  • Diversity

Leading into the Future

Class 6 - Feb. 18
Mission, Vision and Values

  • Strategic vision and values
  • Destructive leadership
  • Toxic Triangle

Class 7 - March 18
Change Management

  • Leading Change
  • Change readiness
  • Resistance to change

Class 8 - April 22
Culture and Climate

  • Norms and assumptions
  • Culture change

Class 9 - May 20

  • Group project presentation to President’s Cabinet
  • Celebration